Foreign News: From Apricot to Oyster

One sensational model was the "Merry Widow'': a sophisticated cocktail dress in heavy black crepe, with a short clinging skirt, a pink rose to punctuate the waist. It is worn with a black halo hat trailing a waist-length floating black lace scarf. Then there was an evening gown—33 yards of chiffon shading from deep apricot to pale oyster. At these and 46 other fripperies, in the ballroom of the West End's swank Mayfair Hotel, women buyers gasped with pent-up pleasure. It was London's first "non-austerity" style show in six years.

The evening dresses disclosed two silhouette trends: the slinky and the frilly....

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